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Toys R Us closing: Palm Beach Gardens store looks like ghost town

Toys R Us closing: Palm Beach Gardens store looks like ghost town

It used to be teeming with toys, a wonderland of games and bikes and dolls and video games for kids of all ages, from babies to adults. Now, the Toys R Us store on PGA Boulevard in Palm Beach Gardens looks like a ghost town. The signs say it all: Final 8 days. 70 percent off. No cash. Everything must go. Yellow caution tapes rope off swaths of empty shelves. Even the fixtures are for sale...
Lake Worth photos: What city roads, beach, buildings used to look like

Lake Worth photos: What city roads, beach, buildings used to look like

Happy 105th birthday, Lake Worth. Well, belated birthday. The town, according to our records, was officially incorporated on June 14, 1913. But it had been there for years before under a variety of monikers: Jewel (or Jewell), Lucerne, Linton and for a mercifully brief time: Lakeworth. (No, that’s not a typo.) In 2012, there was a campaign to change the name to Lake Worth Beach. Fortunately...
COMMENTARY: Words on clothing mean things, whether it’s what you want them to mean or not

COMMENTARY: Words on clothing mean things, whether it’s what you want them to mean or not

About 15 years ago, around the time I began writing for this paper, message T-shirts -- some political, some pithy and others just punny -- were  a thing. I was in my early 30s at the time and probably a few years north of the target age, but they were cute and I bought a few. My favorite was an homage to my devotion to the “Law and Order” franchise, the words “Chung...
Really? Only two local restaurants make OpenTable’s list for ‘100 Best Outdoor in America’

Really? Only two local restaurants make OpenTable’s list for ‘100 Best Outdoor in America’

When I think of dining outdoors in South Florida, I imagine sitting waterfront in a beautifully landscaped restaurant or perhaps relaxing in an intimate candlelit courtyard. Many spots in Palm Beach County come to mind. OpenTable diners must think differently. Only two local eateries made the online restaurant reservation service’s list for ‘100 Best Al Fresco Restaurants in...
Summer: Best beaches in Palm Beach County

Summer: Best beaches in Palm Beach County

We love our Florida beaches. And with summer here, it’s time to soak up some sun. With the county’s 45-mile long Atlantic shoreline, there are lots of beautiful beaches to choose. And if you like uncrowded beaches, or want to enjoy the perfect spot to grab breakfast at the beach, we found those too!  Here we break down the main attractions and facts on each beach from Tequesta...
First day of summer: Best way to beat South Florida’s brutal heat

First day of summer: Best way to beat South Florida’s brutal heat

It’s the first day of summer. And — surprise! — it looks like it’s going to be brutally hot in Palm Beach County: If you have to be outside, there is one thing that helps make it bearable. Shade. Simple, glorious shade. Consider this: It’s 90 (feels like 120) degrees in the middle of the afternoon and you have to get in your car. You open the door and are greeted with...
Coming to Clematis: Peruvian food with a Miami accent 

Coming to Clematis: Peruvian food with a Miami accent 

One of Miami’s best-loved Peruvian restaurants is soon to debut in downtown West Palm Beach. Dr. Limón, a Kendall sensation that’s been busy since opening in 2012, is expected to land on Clematis Street as early as mid-July, according to a restaurant rep. The place aims to be upscale, with a ceviche-strong menu, pizzazz-y plates and cocktails served with a touch of dry-ice drama...
Goodbye Grub: Junior’s Restaurant closes at Boca Raton’s Mizner Park

Goodbye Grub: Junior’s Restaurant closes at Boca Raton’s Mizner Park

Mizner Park in Boca Raton has lost another restaurant. The owner of Junior’s Restaurant and Cheesecake announced Wednesday the deli-loving establishment has closed.  “We expected the volume to be greater than we saw at this location,” owner Alan Rosen told The Post by email Wednesday night. “We enjoyed being a part of the Boca Raton community and thank all of our...
Rare photo: The best-looking Beatle might not have been John or Paul

Rare photo: The best-looking Beatle might not have been John or Paul

He was The Beatles’  original drummer, the one that got replaced by Ringo Starr and missed the ride to music immortality. Which might also make him the disgruntled Beatle. But was Pete Best the best-looking Beatle? Recently discovered in The Palm Beach Post’s archives is this November 1965 photo by Miami News photographer Charles Trainor. The Miami News was the Post&rsquo...
James Patterson: It was ‘irresistible’ to write book with Bill Clinton

James Patterson: It was ‘irresistible’ to write book with Bill Clinton

In her book, “Murder in the White House,” author Margaret Truman, daughter of President Harry Truman, presented a scenario in which a grisly murder occurs in the Lincoln Bedroom. Truman wrote plot-twisty page-turners in which a White House counsel is in love with the president’s daughter and two FBI agents become romantically involved while investigating foul play at the bureau&rsquo...
Meet Ray Chang, the supper club star shaking up north county

Meet Ray Chang, the supper club star shaking up north county

The Ray Chang Room is like a giant disco ball that reflects and multiplies every flash move of its namesake: the bar-top leaps and lunges, the microphone thrusts into the crowd, the Vegas winks.  For 90 minutes on three nights a week, the frenzy that fills this room is like that of no other place in north county during season. Snowbirds shaking a groove thing. Ladies of a certain age mouthing ...
COMMENTARY: XXXTentacion, his victims and the politics of grieving a celebrity’s death

COMMENTARY: XXXTentacion, his victims and the politics of grieving a celebrity’s death

The scenes are set. A mother will bury her murdered 20-year-old celebrity son while the recurring victims of his abuse will be forced to wade through a sympathy-filled newsfeed. That is one of many conundrums the public is facing, with a tone-deaf Twitter debate on whether he deserved to die or had time for atonement.  There are various types of public responses to a celebrity’s death,...
Delray Beach bar nominated for ‘Best New American Cocktail Bar’

Delray Beach bar nominated for ‘Best New American Cocktail Bar’

The Spirited Awards have been crowning the best in the service industry since 2007, and for 2018, Delray Beach’s own Death Or Glory has been nominated as one of the Top 10 Best New American Cocktail Bars. The local watering hole has a rum-focused menu and pays homage to the rum runners of 1920s Florida.  “The Spirited Awards are the equivalent of the Oscars for the bar world...
Dining Review: Café Centro, West Palm Beach

Dining Review: Café Centro, West Palm Beach

Let me tell you about the pork chop of my dreams. It’s the one I wish I had ordered at the newly jazzed up Café Centro. My dining companion ordered it instead, but I snagged a couple of ample slices. Juicy and tender beneath a gorgeous sear, the thick chop is simply presented on the bone with a wedge of grilled polenta, all atop a bed of sweet corn puree ($25).  It’s a...
Day trippin’: 9 colorful and inspiring stops in Lake Worth

Day trippin’: 9 colorful and inspiring stops in Lake Worth

Treating yourself to a vacation doesn’t mean traveling to some faraway land and breaking the bank. The things you can explore and learn in your own backyard will surprise you, so why not take a daycation instead of a vacation? Start with downtown Lake Worth! I just love this quirky city, and I think you will too. Keep an open mind when visiting this artistic and very-far-from-pretentious...
2018 FIFA World Cup: 5 best watch parties in Palm Beach County

2018 FIFA World Cup: 5 best watch parties in Palm Beach County

The 2018 FIFA World Cup starts Thursday, June 14. All 32 teams, representing 32 countries, will square off across cities in Russia. South Florida, along with its legion of soccer fans from neighboring Latin America and the Caribbean, will search for the perfect raucous (or quiet) place in Palm Beach County to watch the quadrennial football tournament, the most widely viewed sporting event in...
Father’s Day dining: 10 best restaurants to help you spoil Dad today

Father’s Day dining: 10 best restaurants to help you spoil Dad today

You know the age-old cliché: “The way to a man's heart is through his stomach.” And of course there are plenty of ideas to win the affection of your father, but feeding his soul is still a surefire way to celebrate his worth. Treat him to a lovely brunch or dinner and add few activities to spice up the experience.  Here are 10 great local restaurants that want to help...
VIDEO: From fertility to roughhousing, we debunk fatherhood myths

VIDEO: From fertility to roughhousing, we debunk fatherhood myths

You won’t catch young men chatting about their sperm count over a drink at your local bar. No surprise there -- by and large, fertility is just not a regular topic of discussion. Generally, you’d be hard-pressed to hear men talk about any insecurities surrounding health, unless it involves the gym or a change in diet.  But there is always room to argue about what it means to...
Meghan Markle’s getting duchess lessons: Post reporter gets a crash course

Meghan Markle’s getting duchess lessons: Post reporter gets a crash course

I’m more likely to be named Dairy Queen than to ever become an actual duchess, like American actress turned bonafide English royalty Meghan Markle. But there is, apparently, a learning curve. Not long after her wedding to Prince Harry, it was announced that former “Suits” star Markle, now Duchess of Sussex, will be taking 6 months worth of so-called “duchess...
Flashback ads: What Father’s Day gifts used to cost years ago

Flashback ads: What Father’s Day gifts used to cost years ago

It’s always a tie. That’s the cliched gift for Father’s Day since the holiday began. Want proof? Here’s a Palm Beach Post ad from June 1927 for Edwin Baker Incorporated, a classy clothier on Clematis. It was offering “neckwear” for $1-$1.50 because it made “a wholesome gift for Father’s Day”: By the 1930s, appropriate Dad gifts had expanded...
In Delray Beach, a father and daughter tour of history

In Delray Beach, a father and daughter tour of history

Lori Durante drives through the quickly changing avenues of Delray Beach with none of the nonchalance of a native. She was born and raised in this seaside city and knows each corner by heart. Even random storefronts and facades seem to speak to her.  Then again, when Dad’s in the car, they do.  Durante is a local guide who leads culinary history tours. Her father, Kenneth Durante...
Did you know Wawa has a secret menu? If not, here’s how to access it

Did you know Wawa has a secret menu? If not, here’s how to access it

Wawa is right on time for the summer by extending their secret menu.   Known for its variety of subs -- or hoagies to the super fans -- Wawa is aiming to brighten your summer with a new colorful assortment of food and drink items. We’re talking tie-dyed bagels, lemonades, iced teas and more.   Remember when Skittles challenged candy lovers to taste the rainbow? Well...
Digital sewing: Something to learn — and love — this summer

Digital sewing: Something to learn — and love — this summer

You don’t have to be a sewing lover to be into fashion. You just need a little curiosity and creativity. And maybe a class to test your skills. Recently, I took a sewing class at Ace Sewing & Vacuum Center in Pompano Beach. But this wasn’t the kind of sewing I knew of. It was upgraded. Let me just say, touchscreens and machine tech are here to stay.  In May, I covered Miami...
Why is Pharrell’s keyboard in this Boynton Beach music studio?

Why is Pharrell’s keyboard in this Boynton Beach music studio?

There’s a new music studio in Boynton Beach that is completely off radar, hidden in a modest grey building in an industrial area off I-95 and West Industrial Avenue. It opened in December of 2017. Inside, dB studios is anything but modest. Among other equipment sits one of Pharrell Williams’s keyboards. Yes, Pharrell, as in the ‘Happy,” “Get Lucky” recording...
Photos: You won’t believe what Palm Beach Gardens used to look like

Photos: You won’t believe what Palm Beach Gardens used to look like

As Palm Beach Gardens gets ready to celebrate its 59th birthday on June 20, one thing’s for sure: Northlake Boulevard doesn’t look like that picture above anymore. The corner of MacArthur Boulevard and Northlake has plenty of commercial development and plenty of (some would say too many) vehicles. Here are some other flashback photos. This is what the former Palm Beach Gardens...
Openings: Spanish tapas restaurant comes to West Palm waterfront

Openings: Spanish tapas restaurant comes to West Palm waterfront

A tapas-loving restaurant will open its doors on the eastern edge of Clematis Street Wednesday. And the team behind it knows its Spanish cuisine. Tapeo (Spanish term for tapas crawl) will debut in the two-story, waterfront space where Tin Fish once stood. (Most recently, Rails Craft Brews occupied the space for two months before closing last November.)  The restaurant’s partners and...
Dubin Breast Center: Doctor turns her experience into a healing center

Dubin Breast Center: Doctor turns her experience into a healing center

Eva Andersson Dubin strides past in a flash. She is a blur of white, like a beam in motion: white lab coat, white blouse, blond hair in a tousled topknot. “I just saw the most striking woman walk by. I bet that’s her!” says Diane Gilman, the fashion designer and home-shopping legend who’s sold nearly 10 million pairs of jeans on HSN in the past 10 years. Gilman is eager to...
Pride Month: Anti-bullying ‘It Gets Better’ tour comes to Palm Beach County

Pride Month: Anti-bullying ‘It Gets Better’ tour comes to Palm Beach County

As a series of inspiring LBGTQ workshops, events and a musical performance by the “it gets better” national tour comes to Palm Beach County this week. The events start Tuesday, June 12, at the Book Cellar in Lake Worth and end Thursday, June 21, with exhibitions at The Norton Museum. For the “it gets better” tour, the performers will meet with locals to hear their stories...
Miss America nixes swimsuit competition: One local winner “won’t miss it” 

Miss America nixes swimsuit competition: One local winner “won’t miss it” 

When Taylor Tyson walked across the stage in a bathing suit this past January, she saw it as a required step on her path towards being named Miss South Florida Fair, as well as “the chance to show off my dedication to health and fitness, and the fact that I am comfortable in my own skin.” But now that the Miss America Organization (MAO), of which Miss South Florida Fair...
Boulud on Bourdain: ‘We will always have Lyon’

Boulud on Bourdain: ‘We will always have Lyon’

Fans across the planet may have lost a great, true travelers when Anthony Bourdain died Friday, but chefs like Daniel Boulud lost something more. “We lost a great friend to all the chefs, a great supporter of many causes and a unique voice expressing everyone’s passion for food across the globe, from three stars to street carts,” Boulud said in a statement released Friday night. ...
Take this local's guide on your day trip to West Palm

Take this local's guide on your day trip to West Palm

When it comes to West Palm Beach, I’m selfish. I’ll admit it: I like to keep it as my hidden gem in Florida. I don’t mind Miami and Fort Lauderdale making the headlines for entertainment, dining and architecture. I can live with that because it keeps my home base quiet — a little slice of sunshine heaven.  I recently took the Brightline to Downtown Miami where...
The one book about Florida you must read this summer

The one book about Florida you must read this summer

Best-selling author Roxanne Gay wrote once in an article for The Guardian: “Florida is a strange place: hot, beautiful, ugly. I love it here, and how nothing makes sense.” She’s certainly not the only one to think that. The Sunshine State has been inspiration for writers from Hemingway and John D. MacDonald to Carl Hiaasen, Tim Dorsey and James Patterson. RELATED: Seventeen sizzling...
Why Burt Reynolds ‘feels at home’ at new North Palm Beach acting school

Why Burt Reynolds ‘feels at home’ at new North Palm Beach acting school

Earlier this year, Donna Carbone was worried. The lease was running out at a North Palm Beach shopping plaza where the Burt Reynolds Institute for Film & Theatre was headquartered. Would this end up being just another stop in the school’s nomadic journey over the years from Jupiter to West Palm Beach to Tequesta to Lake Park? Carbone, the institute’s managing director, hated...
Openings: Proper Ice Cream debuts Delray scoop shop

Openings: Proper Ice Cream debuts Delray scoop shop

Here’s a delicious reason to venture west of Delray’s East Atlantic Ave frenzy: Proper Ice Cream, which produces some of Palm Beach County’s most flavorful, creamy treats, is opening to the public Friday.  This is where lawyer-turned-ice-cream-alchemist Rick Felberbaum combines flavors inspired by his stints in the kitchens of some of South Florida’s top chefs. The...
D-Day 74 years ago: How did Palm Beach first learn of the invasion?

D-Day 74 years ago: How did Palm Beach first learn of the invasion?

There was only an unconfirmed report. From a German news agency, of all sources. But that was enough for The Palm Beach Post to lead with a bold headline — “Nazis Say Invasion Underway” — in the morning edition of June 6, 1944. D-Day. 74 years ago. The liberation of Europe had begun. A subhed on the sketchy Associated Press story from London said “Report Unconfirmed&rdquo...
Basque takes a summer break after brief, busy first season

Basque takes a summer break after brief, busy first season

Basque, the modern Spanish tapas restaurant tucked into West Palm’s historic Hotel Biba, has closed for summer hiatus.  “We had a great first season and we look forward to reopening after a short summer break,” co-owner Manny Bornia said Tuesday.  The restaurant, which occupies an indoor/outdoor space brimming with Old World décor touches, has enjoyed a busy stretch...
Outside the Kate Spade store at The Gardens Mall, sadness seeps in

Outside the Kate Spade store at The Gardens Mall, sadness seeps in

Ashley Conway was planning a special dinner party for this weekend. Its theme? Conway’s favorite accessory designer, Kate Spade. Tuesday, standing outside of Spade’s eponymous store at The Gardens Mall, the party plans took on a different meaning. “This is very ironic that this happened. I’m really sad,” Conway, 32, of Palm Beach Gardens, said of the death of the...
New Jupiter restaurant part-owned by Michael Jordan is now open for lunch

New Jupiter restaurant part-owned by Michael Jordan is now open for lunch

There’s a new place to grab a relaxing midday meal in northern Palm Beach County. And the waterfront view is fabulous. Located on the Jupiter Inlet, 1000 North, is now open for lunch. “Our lunch menu has something for everyone,” said executive chef Lee Morris in a press release.  Menu items include a prime rib sandwich; a red quinoa and bean burger; a tavern dog; grilled...
Free admission to Flagler Museum in honor of Founder’s Day

Free admission to Flagler Museum in honor of Founder’s Day

Flagler Museum is offering free admission Tuesday, June 5. Their generosity is an ode to the museum’s founder, Jean Flagler Matthews, on Founder’s Day.  Go between the hours of noon and 5 p.m. to explore the landmark’s extensive collection of original art, furniture and Glided Age objects.  Before you go, here’s a little history: Whitehall was built by Henry Flagler...
National Cheese Day: Our favorite grilled cheese sandwiches in Palm Beach County

National Cheese Day: Our favorite grilled cheese sandwiches in Palm Beach County

Cheese lovers, it’s your day today! It’s National Cheese Day. And to celebrate, we decided to to reintroduce our favorite cheese sandwiches. Who doesn’t love the ooey-gooey deliciousness of a perfectly-made grilled cheese sandwich? Here are five of our favorites to try. This Italian-inspired neighborhood spot, located on West Palm’s Dixie Dining Cooridor, serves up a yummy...
The nine concerts you must see this summer

The nine concerts you must see this summer

Summer: School’s out, concerts are on. Here are some of the best shows coming up in the next few months. Highlight: Harry Styles and Kacey Musgraves An inspired pairing — the former boy band singer Styles struck out in a New Direction and released one of the best pop solo albums of the decade last year. Opening act Musgraves is one of country’s brightest stars, though her marvelous...
How New York’s biggest jewel heist wrapped up at a Palm Beach County phone booth

How New York’s biggest jewel heist wrapped up at a Palm Beach County phone booth

Bill Federici stood in the booth. The pay phone was ringing. “Turn around and face the door,” the caller said. “Reach up and you’ll feel the ruby.” He did. “It felt like a pebble,” he would recall. “As beautiful as anything I have seen in my life.” That’s how, on a Labor Day weekend a half-century ago, near West Palm Beach, one of the...
9 great walks in Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, Tequesta, Singer Island

9 great walks in Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, Tequesta, Singer Island

If you’re out for a walk in northern Palm Beach County, there are many familiar spots. Maybe too familiar — just look at all the strollers, runners and bikers crowding any oceanside stretch of A1A from Juno to Jupiter. Perhaps you’re seeking some place not so well-trod, slightly apart from the traffic and bustle, a place to Zen a little with your exercise. From the coastline to the...
Free, must-have treats today for National Doughnut Day

Free, must-have treats today for National Doughnut Day

For those who love doughnuts, today is your day. Happy National Donut Day! (Or is it  Doughnut?) No matter how you spell it, we found some of the sweetest treats in Palm Beach County. Plus, bonus: find out which ones are giving away free doughnuts to celebrate! This bakery and café makes sinful maple-bacon bars that are gobbled up quickly. Local favorites also include a s’mores-inspired...
The mangoes are ready! Hatcher Mango Hill opens for the 2018 season

The mangoes are ready! Hatcher Mango Hill opens for the 2018 season

Yes! Another perk from living in Florida is that we don’t need to travel to the tropics to get mangoes. We have them right here in Palm Beach County.  The Hatcher Mango Hill farm in Lantana opens for the season on June 1 at 12 p.m. That means, mangoes are ready for purchasing, and you should definitely go on your lunch break today. These aren’t your regular mangoes and they will sell...
Where to find best roast on National Rotisserie Chicken Day

Where to find best roast on National Rotisserie Chicken Day

What is more perfect than chicken that’s spit-roasted and gently rotated until its coat reaches a deep golden brown? It’s chicken that begs to be pulled and stuffed into fresh corn tortillas or enjoyed with a side of mashed potatoes or set adrift in steaming broth with a sprinkling of herbs. That’s the chicken we celebrate Saturday, which is National Rotisserie Chicken Day. Where...
Openings: Benihana, now sizzling in Boca

Openings: Benihana, now sizzling in Boca

Benihana just opened a Boca location. No, you are not reading this in 1995. It happened just last week. Hard to believe the restaurant that popularized Japanese teppanyaki cuisine in America had not ventured into Boca Raton, land of flash. Boca loves its steakhouses. It loves its upscale chain restaurants. It loves its sizzle, too. Benihana is all the above. But although Benihana’s corporate...
Seventeen sizzling reads for a South Florida summer

Seventeen sizzling reads for a South Florida summer

Summer is almost here, and while the warmest months of the year bring long-awaited vacations for some, it also means an extensive list of fiction releases that are likely to make an appearance in many bibliophiles’ reading lists. Wherever you’re heading to enjoy the dog days of summer — beach, pool, park or patio — consider including one or several of these page-turners in...
LGBTQ pioneer and Century Village resident dies at 83

LGBTQ pioneer and Century Village resident dies at 83

Perhaps Connie Kurtz’s most revolutionary act was the most simple: Just to love, who and how she wanted. And in that quiet revolution, she helped firmly illuminate the right of herself and others to do the same. “There is nobody else I could imagine sharing this life with,” says Ruthie Berman, whose 44-year romance and eventual marriage to Kurtz was the basis for a lifetime of advocates...
We all need to be saved from the internet, and a Dreyfoos grad wrote a book about it

We all need to be saved from the internet, and a Dreyfoos grad wrote a book about it

Franchesca Ramsey knows you’ve made dumb mistakes on social media. Because she has, too — so much that she wrote a book about it. “I’m a flawed human being, and so are you,” laughs Franchesca, Dreyfoos School of the Arts graduate, standout commentator on race, gender issues and bias on YouTube, MTV and Comedy Central and now the author of “Well, That Escalated...
NEW: Three downtown Boca Raton restaurants — two in Mizner — close

NEW: Three downtown Boca Raton restaurants — two in Mizner — close

Two longtime restaurants at Boca Raton’s Mizner Park closed in past months while another downtown restaurant shut down after a brief one-month run. Truluck’s seafood and steak restaurant, an 11-year tenant at Mizner Park, announced its April 30 closing on Facebook, citing lease negotiation issues. MoBu Fusion Cafe, on Federal Highway south of Camino Real, was open only a month...
Farm brunch: Chefs, foodies to pay homage to beloved local grower

Farm brunch: Chefs, foodies to pay homage to beloved local grower

Local grower Nancy Roe began supplying specialty crops to local restaurants 18 years ago, well before the farm-to-table wave sparked its concepts and clichés. She’s the real deal, a horticulturalist who with her husband, Charlie Roe, started a popular produce subscription program with produce harvested at Green Cay Farm in Boynton Beach. She’s revered in the local “slow food&rdquo...
What’s Memorial Day Weekend without the best hot dogs in Palm Beach County?

What’s Memorial Day Weekend without the best hot dogs in Palm Beach County?

Honored our nation’s fallen soldiers? Check.  Watched the weekend’s unpredictable forecast? Check. Ok, now you can plan your Memorial Day getaway accordingly—experience America’s national pride: The Hot Dog. And I don’t mean basic ones. From traditional American hot dogs to South American versions with experimental toppings, these local hot dog spots may...
Fire up the grill: easy eats for your rain-or-shine Memorial Day bash

Fire up the grill: easy eats for your rain-or-shine Memorial Day bash

Yes, it’s supposed to rain this weekend. Simmer down, grilling fanatics. You've got plenty of time for your outdoor culinary fireworks. There's a long, hot summer ahead and ample opportunity to try out your fancy, coal-fired specialties.  That Guinness-spiked leg of lamb and that agave-glazed pork belly you're raring to attempt? They can wait. Really.  Memorial Day weekend is only...
10 adventures for an unforgettable Memorial Day weekend

10 adventures for an unforgettable Memorial Day weekend

I’ve already received dozens of calls and texts from friends and family asking me for Memorial Day weekend ideas. So, I’ve decided to put together a list of fun, relaxing and thrilling activities near Palm Beach County.  Here are 10 ways you can have an unforgettable Memorial Day weekend.  Camping is the number one activity that people have asked me about this year...
Indoor things to do: Rainy day activities in Palm Beach County

Indoor things to do: Rainy day activities in Palm Beach County

Rain, rain, go away! Don’t come back for a lot of days! �� It’s been raining for days and yes, there’s more to come. The wet stuff is likely to be with us through Memorial Day weekend and then some. So, if you’re looking for unique things to do when it’s pouring outside, we’ve got you.  Here are some of our favorite rainy day activities in...
Young Wellington dancer appears on NBC’s ‘World of Dance’ with J-Lo, Ne-Yo

Young Wellington dancer appears on NBC’s ‘World of Dance’ with J-Lo, Ne-Yo

Last summer, sitting at home in Wellington, 12-year-old Madison Brown caught a new NBC show called “World of Dance,” and since “I love all dance shows, I was obsessed with it.” A year later, on the second season of the hit show, starring Jennifer Lopez, Ne-Yo, “Dancing With The Stars” star Derek Hough and actress Jenna Dewan, Madison found herself...
You need to meet these local women who embody the soaps they make

You need to meet these local women who embody the soaps they make

UR Bath in Boynton Beach helps Palm Beach County women achieve independence, stability and safety by hiring them as they transition out of crisis situations. The company also makes some of the best bath and body products that can be found in 1,000 stores across the country.
Dining deals: Restaurants roll out sweet summer specials

Dining deals: Restaurants roll out sweet summer specials

The summer dining-deal spree has begun. It’s the most tempting part of the off-season, when restaurants offer all kinds of specials, from affordable prix fixe menus to catchy (and cheap) themed nights.  Here’s a hearty batch of them. We’ll update this list as new, must-have specials come up.   It’s no wonder that this stylish French-Canadian restaurant is...
Palm Beach Zoo’s new leader hopes to create world-class attractions

Palm Beach Zoo’s new leader hopes to create world-class attractions

The Palm Beach Zoo and Conservation Society has a new president and chief executive who hopes to transform the facility into a “world class” destination for both locals and out-of-town visitors. Margo McKnight, the former senior vice president of conservation, science and research at the Florida Aquarium, took over the zoo’s top position on Monday. She replaces Andrew Aiken, who...
Six tips for navigating Norwegian’s newest cruise ship

Six tips for navigating Norwegian’s newest cruise ship

Bliss is fleeting. Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest ship, Norwegian Bliss, recently made a brief stop in PortMiami as part of her inaugural tour. Resplendent with her hull artwork by Wyland — he of the larger-than-life marine-life murals fame — the ship is now on her way to her summertime home in Seattle. From there she’ll sail seven-day voyages to Alaska before making her way...
Memorial Day 2018: Five best uncrowded beaches in Palm Beach County

Memorial Day 2018: Five best uncrowded beaches in Palm Beach County

Headed to the beach for Memorial Day weekend? We found some of the best ones to enjoy without the usual crowds. Relax and have fun! Vital statistics: 15 acres, 600 feet of guarded beach, open sunrise to sunset Parking: Free The primary draw of this quiet beach – the county’s northernmost — is the snorkeling. With clear waters and multiple rock formations within wading distance...
Memorial Day 2018: Here’s 9 of our favorite breakfast on the beach spots

Memorial Day 2018: Here’s 9 of our favorite breakfast on the beach spots

Memorial Day weekend is almost here. And that means it’s time to hit the beach. What better way to start the day than with a tasty breakfast by the water.  Here are some Palm Beach County eateries where the only thing better than the eggs are the excellent water views (and the perfect place to walk off all those calories): The almond-coated, thick-cut French toast earns raves...
Memorial Day: 11 ways to enjoy the water this holiday weekend

Memorial Day: 11 ways to enjoy the water this holiday weekend

There’s nothing more awesome in Florida than our outdoors. So this year’s Memorial Day weekend, go outside! The list of things to do on the beach and in the water is deep. And you don’t have to be a pro to enjoy paddle boarding, camping, horseback riding or snorkeling. Simply put on your swimming suit and jump in (or on).  Of course, for those of you who’s rather...
Memorial Day 2018: Peanut Island Guide - Things to know before you go

Memorial Day 2018: Peanut Island Guide - Things to know before you go

Every big holiday weekend that involves beach, fun and sand has to include ‘Peanut’ That’s what the locals call Peanut Island, the 80-acre tropical island located at the west end of the Palm Beach (Lake Worth) Inlet. It’s a get-there-by-only-boat county park, where long strings of boats raft up while hundreds of people socialize in the shallow off-shore water. Sound...
What celebrity statue greets drivers on Dixie Highway in Lake Worth?

What celebrity statue greets drivers on Dixie Highway in Lake Worth?

Ruby Bell wasn’t expecting to meet Hulk Hogan when she applied for a job. “I interviewed with him,” said Bell, who runs the customer service desk at Gonz Auto Collision Center on Dixie Highway in Lake Worth. “He was in the room.” Yes, there he was, standing in the corner: flexing, grimacing, in yellow tights and lace-up boots, an orange do-rag holding back his...
Brightline’s inaugural West Palm-to-Miami trip draws crowd, celebration

Brightline’s inaugural West Palm-to-Miami trip draws crowd, celebration

Brightline trains transported riders from West Palm Beach to Miami on Saturday, marking the first time in 50 years that the Florida East Coast Railway has been used to bring passengers to the Magic City. The historic trip, capped off by a celebratory grand opening of the MiamiCentral station, signaled a milestone achievement for the Florida company, which has endured a turbulent first four months...
Royal Wedding 2018: What time to tune in on TV; Local watch parties

Royal Wedding 2018: What time to tune in on TV; Local watch parties

The royal wedding is scheduled for Saturday at 7 a.m. EDT (noon in the United Kingdom). Most networks are planning at least five hours of live coverage starting as early as 5 a.m.   Don’t want to watch at home? Here’s some local watch parties. Lake Worth’s Lilo’s Streetfood and Bar will be hosting a watch party for the long-awaited Royal Wedding, opening bright...
Palm Beach has a taco shop – it’s everything you might expect

Palm Beach has a taco shop – it’s everything you might expect

To the well-toned Palm Beach woman in yoga pants who has paused twice to ogle our hefty meals on the patio of Coyo Taco – yes, you, with the adorable island bike: Have you never seen two ladies on a lunch break sharing eight tacos, a vat of guacamole, a grease-stained bag of tortilla chips and big bowls of refried beans and Mexican corn?  We’ve burned calories and saved points...
Vegan party: 5 reasons to attend Beets Roots Beats in Palm Beach Gardens

Vegan party: 5 reasons to attend Beets Roots Beats in Palm Beach Gardens

Hey Palm Beach County, listen up! There’s a party happening at Palm Beach Garden’s Hot Yoga Downtown that promises to deliver a fun time, yoga, delicious organic food and live music. Beet Roots Beats is a local vegan dinner by Chef Alex Cheblal, consisting of nine dishes with produce from Kai-Kai Farm and Gratitude Garden plus other organic products will be featured.  Yes, there&rsquo...
In love with beers? Lake Worth’s Revelry has your back!

In love with beers? Lake Worth’s Revelry has your back!

It’s hard to believe that a year ago, we were welcoming Revelry to Lake Worth. We loved it for many reasons, including its unique ambiance, much different than most places in Lake Worth. We still can’t get enough of its endless variety of beers, it’s quirky food menu, and the owners, who are also your friendly bartenders.  To thank customers for a year of support, Revelry...
Bye, Chickpea. Hello, Anzo.  New restaurant comes to West Palm

Bye, Chickpea. Hello, Anzo.  New restaurant comes to West Palm

When word got out that The Chickpea in downtown West Palm was moving, that was just part of the story. Not only did the casual, bowl-centric restaurant relocate, it opened under a new name and concept.  Meet Anzo, Clematis Street’s newest spot. The original Chickpea restaurant, which opened its West Palm location next to Field of Greens in 2014, was a popular build-your-own-meal...
NEW: Weather forces Royal Palm Seafood Festival to postpone to June

NEW: Weather forces Royal Palm Seafood Festival to postpone to June

A highly anticipated event has been moved forward two weeks as Palm Beach County braces for another weekend of wet weather. The Royal Palm Beach Seafood Festival now will be June 2-3, postponed from this weekend, organizers said in a news release. “The forecast for heavy rains necessitated a change of dates,” organizers said. Hours for the event remain the same: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. June...
Fun and free things to do with kids in Palm Beach County this weekend

Fun and free things to do with kids in Palm Beach County this weekend

There are so many amazing and COMPLETELY FREE things to do with your kids in Palm Beach County this weekend.  Here are our picks for the best events. To get this weekly listing delivered straight to your inbox, sign up for our Palm Beach Parenting Newsletter by clicking HERE.  Where: Ocean Avenue Amphitheatre, 129 East Ocean Avenue, Boynton Beach. When: May 18; 6 p.m...
Tom Wolfe dies: What he told us about the ‘bad side’ of social media

Tom Wolfe dies: What he told us about the ‘bad side’ of social media

For 40 years now, Tom Wolfe has been a cutting-edge writer, setting literary agendas and demarcating social agendas. From “The Painted Word” and “Radical Chic” to “The Right Stuff” and “The Bonfire of the Vanities,” Wolfe has transcended the New Journalism that made him famous in the ’70s and enveloped fiction, making strong arguments for novels...
This South Floridian gave up law to write about strong, powerful women

This South Floridian gave up law to write about strong, powerful women

When asked why she moved from California to South Florida, author Solange Ritchie’s response is blunt: “Two words: divorce and family.” But that wasn’t the only drastic change Ritchie made. She changed her profession from attorney to full-time writer, embracing the uncertainty that it can sometimes bring. “I see both careers as similar in many ways,” Ritchie said...
Dave Chappelle, Jon Stewart announce joint comedy tour

Dave Chappelle, Jon Stewart announce joint comedy tour

Dave Chappelle and Jon Stewart are going on a quick stand-up comedy tour this June. Rolling Stone reported that the comedians are doing seven dates in three cities: Boston, Houston and El Paso, Texas. >> Read more trending news   This is the second time the two will be together on stage for a stand-up gig. In August 2017, Stewart made a surprise appearance at Chappelle’s New...
Royal wedding: Meghan Markle’s siblings are the Evil Stepfamily in this fairy tale

Royal wedding: Meghan Markle’s siblings are the Evil Stepfamily in this fairy tale

At the end of Disney’s 2015 live action version of “Cinderella”  the titular cinder-dwelling heroine (Lily James) is rescued from endless drudgery by her handsome prince and a well-fitting glass slipper. But before she can glide victoriously into happy ever after, she must walk past her Evil Stepmother (Cate Blanchett), so frozen in shock, disbelief and probably a healthy...
Meghan Markle’s Wellington sorority sister isn’t surprised she’s becoming a royal

Meghan Markle’s Wellington sorority sister isn’t surprised she’s becoming a royal

The first thing Erica Bethe Levin noticed about the young woman opening the sorority house door was that “she was so stunningly beautiful, it’s a little ridiculous.” For Levin, who joined the Northwestern University chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma, she knew that pretty young woman, “as the face of rush for Kappa. She was the very first person you see. And she’s...
A photo show you must see at Boca Raton Museum of Art

A photo show you must see at Boca Raton Museum of Art

Barflies and movie stars, circus freaks and jazz musicians, street people and nightclub performers. In the 1930s and 1940s, photographer Lisette Model prowled the streets of New York and Paris, creating intimate, unforgettable pictures bathed in inky, noir-ish shadows. Seventy-one of her distinctive black-and-white images are on display through Oct. 21 at the Boca Raton Museum of Art in...
Why President Obama’s portrait painter has art on display in Boca Raton

Why President Obama’s portrait painter has art on display in Boca Raton

Here’s what one reviewer had to say about artist Kehinde Wiley: “What I was always struck by whenever I saw his portraits was the degree to which they challenged our conventional views of power and privilege.” And this is no ordinary art critic: It’s former President Barack Obama. The New York-based Wiley, considered one of the most in-demand artists in the country, gained...
Explore downtown Miami: You’ll be glad you left your car at home

Explore downtown Miami: You’ll be glad you left your car at home

¡Bienvenidos a Miami!  Brightline is set to open its Miami station, also known as MiamiCentral, Saturday, May 19. And honestly, I can’t wait. This means I get to hop on a train for an hour, forget about traffic and parking and enjoy everything downtown Miami has to offer. About time! Since the station is opening Saturday, May 19, I decided to get a head start on exploring...
Brightline to Miami: Here’s where to eat near the station 

Brightline to Miami: Here’s where to eat near the station 

Once Brightline’s ambitious MiamiCentral station opens with all its projected bells and whistles, the station itself may prove destination-worthy. If all goes as planned, that is.  Right now, the station is a construction site. The good news is that it sits within walking distance or a short ride from Overtown’s historic Lyric Theatre, museums, the American Airlines...
Mother’s Day 2018: Best restaurants, brunch for Mom on her day

Mother’s Day 2018: Best restaurants, brunch for Mom on her day

Every day should be about Mom, right? But the “official” day to honor her is almost here. Mother’s Day is just around the corner. And what better way to celebrate Mom than treating her to a lovely brunch or dinner?   Here are some delicious options for dining out on Mother’s Day. Mother’s Day brunch is a big buffet that includes traditional breakfast...
Mother’s Day-trippin’: Explore Jupiter’s wild side

Mother’s Day-trippin’: Explore Jupiter’s wild side

A day trip that’s Mother’s Day-level? I asked myself that question recently. Was it a day to escape and pamper myself for being a mom? Or was it a day to enjoy spending time with my 6-year-old son? I chose the latter. »TREAT MOM: Best restaurants, brunch for Mom on her day I remembered a recent outing through northern Palm Beach County with my son, Jameson, that’s just perfect...
SunFest 2018: We issued a Fitbit challenge and the steps are worth celebrating

SunFest 2018: We issued a Fitbit challenge and the steps are worth celebrating

In my 15 years covering SunFest, I’ve relayed two consistent messages: Don’t let people weigh you down with hand sanitizer and tiny fans you won’t use, and stop trying to be cute with the uncomfortable footwear because you’re going to be walking. A lot. But how much, exactly? Enter the Fitbit! I’ve always wondered exactly how far I walk during the music festival...
Is Burt Reynolds about to get his biggest role since ‘Boogie Nights’?

Is Burt Reynolds about to get his biggest role since ‘Boogie Nights’?

It worked for John Travolta. And Pam Grier. And Robert Forster. Is Quentin Tarantino about to revive Burt Reynolds’ career in a big way, too? The film director with a deep love of ’70s movies and ’70s icons is apparently discussing with the Jupiter movie legend a role in his new movie, “Once Upon A Time in Hollywood,” about Manson-era Los Angeles, according...
Which downtown West Palm building looks like ‘beautiful wedding cake’?

Which downtown West Palm building looks like ‘beautiful wedding cake’?

Rick Gonzalez makes his living at the intersection of history and architecture, and even he starts running low on superlatives when trying to explain the visual appeal of The Wagg Building. It’s Spanish. Baroque. Italianate. Mediterranean Revival. “I think it looks like a beautiful wedding cake,” he says of the intricate molding and royalist detail work — from shield-like emblems...
New daily brunch: Mazie’s West Palm rolls out daytime menu

New daily brunch: Mazie’s West Palm rolls out daytime menu

There’s a new brunch on the Dixie dining corridor, and it’s served daily. Mazie’s, the bistro-meets-diner spot that opened on March 30 in West Palm’s Antique Row, launched brunch service last week. This is not the type of brunch that’s reserved for weekends. Brunch is a wide-ranging concept at Mazie’s, which defines its cooking as New World comfort food. It includes...
Rain or shine, SunFest fans say festival’s last day delivers

Rain or shine, SunFest fans say festival’s last day delivers

Brenda Siclari tugged at the hood of her tan raincoat and maneuvered through a light SunFest crowd as rain trickled down Sunday afternoon. While most others ducked under the tents that lined the streets, Siclari was prepared for rain. After all, this was her 15th time at the waterfront music festival. “I’m one the 10 people you find in the crowd when the rain is pouring down...
As season fades, Palm Beach dining scene bids farewell to icons, welcomes new spots 

As season fades, Palm Beach dining scene bids farewell to icons, welcomes new spots 

The waning season finds the Palm Beach dining scene in mourning. Within four months, the island's restaurant community has lost two of its pillars.   Last week, chef and restaurateur Jean-Pierre Leverrier died at age 62 after a battle with ALS. In mid-January, local diners mourned the death of Café L’Europe owner Norbert Goldner, who died at age 77.   When...
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